Vanilla and Water??????

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I have seen some people mention mixing 3oz vanilla extract and 8oz water in a spray bottle. Does this work? How do you apply it? Do you spray it all over you like scent killer or just your boots and a drag? And last but not least, is it legal to use this?
I would like to try new things but this seems a little odd.
Thanks!
 

cathooker

Senior Member
#2
Spray it on your boots, make a drag rag scent trail with it and yes it is just as legal as the various "deer attractants" you buy. It does work!
 

Killdee

Senior Member
#3
I had a bottle in my pack, not diluted, that I poured a cap full on a trail I wanted a deer to stop on in bow range last weekend. A big doe did stop and licked the ground where I poured it.
 

cathooker

Senior Member
#8
I use the pure. I've never tried the imitation. One morning early in the rifle season I sprayed my boots with a special vanilla mix I came up with and had a really nice 2.5 year old seven point trail me right to my stand.
 

Sargent

Senior Member
#10
I use a medium sized spray bottle from the travel section in Walmart. I covered it with camo duct tape to make it seem more manly.

I use pure vanilla extract (just because- imitation should work, too). I use one small bottle and fill the spray bottle up 50-75% full with water.

I use it to cover my trail. I also spray it on tree limbs around where I am hunting.

Some variants:
Add apple juice- Never tried it, but it makes sense.
Disolve peanut butter in the solution- tried it and I saw a few. Not sure it was because of the concoction, though.

Mostly, I have just used the vanilla/water solution. It is certainly not a magic wand, but if deer are around, they will probably come check it out.
 

dawg2

AWOL ADMINISTRATOR
#11
They will check out just about anything sweet
 

kedo

Senior Member
#12
it works

I use it all the time. Spray it lightly all over as a cover and on bottom of boots. the doe, i shot 10 yards from my stand, followed my trail I took to my stand that morning. Never spooked her at all. :cheers:
 
#14
Sprayed on my boots during bow season one evening years ago, looked down and boots were covered with yellow jackets didn't do that again.
 

cathooker

Senior Member
#15
Take several fresh doe tarsals and put them in a clean quart jart. Put in just enough pure vanilla extract to completely cover all the tarsals. Let sit for a week or so. Remove the tarsals and put them in zip loc bags. One tarsal per bag. Strain and put the vanilla that is left over in a spray bottle. Add an equal amount of water in the spray bottle. Freeze the tarsals. I use the spray on my boots and to freshen the tarsal. I make a drag out of the vanilla soaked tarsal. I shot this buck at 20 yards using it. Does the tarsals make the vanilla any more attractive to the deer? I don't know, but I like to experiment and when something works I'll use it until it quits working. We have killed a lot of deer with this concotion and a few others I have played around with. It does not work every time you go in the woods....nothing does....
 

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farm7729

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#18
Just curious... How is this legal and not considered baiting? Try not to jump all over me here ive just never heard of it, not trying to start a baiting debate here.
 

Hunley

Senior Member
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Just curious... How is this legal and not considered baiting? Try not to jump all over me here ive just never heard of it, not trying to start a baiting debate here.
It isn't food placed there by man (i.e., ot something growing naturally). It's just like using doe pee or something in that it is a scent attractant. They can't eat it.
 
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